Friday, August 1, 2008

A New Shakespeare-Related Novel

Winfield, Jess.  My Name is Will:  A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare.  New York:  Twelve, 2008.

The New York Times just reviewed—or, rather, its podcast just interviewed the author of—a new novel related to Shakespeare.

All I know about it I learned from the New York Times Book Review podcast.  The author is one of the founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and the podcast and the review stress the novel's comic elements.

It also appears that a secretly-Catholic and State-persecuted Shakespeare is assumed.  As Shakespeare's Catholicism / Protestantism / Agnosticism / Atheism / Puritanism / et ceteraism has been at the forefront of the scholarly debate in recent years, it will be quite interesting to explore its implications in this novel. 

More when I get a copy and look into it!

Links: The publishing house.  The review.

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